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I Lost 15 Pounds in 3 Months by Changing the Way I Drink Water

One influencer reveals the hydration hack that helped her lose weight.

Karla (@improvingwkarla) is a TikTok and Instagram influencer who has amassed a huge following by sharing the diet and weight loss tips that helped her lose 15 pounds of fat in just three months. In a viral video, she claims that simply by changing the way she drank water enabled her to lose a lot of weight. "If you don't know how to start your weight loss journey, I'm going to teach you a habit, " she says in the clip. 

Drink 64 Ounces of Water

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Karla suggests drinking 64 ounces of water every day. "For me, it just means I need two of these," she says, holding up her water bottles. 

But You Don't Have to Chug It

Man pouring water on face to cool off

"We're not going to chug our water so that you can use the bathroom a trillion times a day, and here I'm just putting filtered water. We're actually going to be intentional with the weight loss journey, and we want to be intentional with what we're putting in our body. So here's how to actually drink water intentionally so that you can help your body function as effectively as it can, as it's losing all the weight," she continues. 

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Add a Pinch of Salt


"You're going to put a pinch of salt," she instructs. "This shouldn't be salty at all. This is actually going to add all the electrolytes back in your water. These are essential building blocks for our livelihood and making you prettier."

You Can Also Add Lemon or Lime


"If you want to get fancy, I usually add lemon, but today I only have lime. I still get the same experience, so I am going to chop them up," she explains. 

This Water Is Part of Her "Healthy Habits" Journey

Woman squeezes lemon juice into a glass.

Karla maintains that "this is just one of the ways" that she shows up for herself. "Ever since I started my healthy habits journey, my life has just changed for the better. Doing this little routine throughout the day, or as soon as I wake up, is how I take care of my health and happiness, and it just sets you up for the day."

How Salt Aids in Hydration

Cropped photo of attractive fitness woman sitting in gym and holding bottle of water.

Adding salt (or electrolytes) to your water is a great way to improve hydration – if you sweat a lot. When your body loses water you are also losing other nutrients, including sodium, which is needed to maintain proper fluid balance. If you don't have enough salt in your diet, you can drink endless amounts of water without even hydrating yourself. 

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Should You Put Salt in Your Water

Salt Shaker, Salt, Food.

However, you don't want to consume too much salt. And, most people who aren't extremely active get enough sodium from diet alone. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. To put it in perspective, one teaspoon of salt contains 2,300 mg.

💪🔥Body Booster: If you are exercising and excessively sweat, adding salt to your water can aid in hydration. 

Leah Groth
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